Stay by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen — Review

Posted June 20, 2017 by FMA in 5 Stars - It fed my addiction!

Stay by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen — ReviewStay Series: WAGS #2
Also in this series: Good Boy
Published by Rennie Road Books
on June 20, 2017
Genres: Romance, Hockey


Can you fall in love with someone you've never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch—an anonymous virtual assistant service—is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it's against the rules for her to check his file, she's 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting... until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He's still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth—that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won't show her pretty face.

But it's nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can't fix. Hailey can't resist the offer. Matt can't resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn't have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.

❝This man is going to ruin me.❞

One thing I know for sure, I will always end a Bowen, Kennedy book smiling! This duo writes brilliantly together, seamlessly executing great stories with endearing characters.

Stay was no exception, it is my favorite in the Wags series! I loved this story, I loved the characters and I loved FETCH, like really, is there Fetch in my hometown?

❝I own a business with my ex. I party with my employee. Maybe my life is a little claustrophobic. Sue me.❞

Hailey Taylor Emery runs the most amazing business with her ex-husband, she is a virtual personal assistant/concierge. Whatever you want or need her company will handle it. Need handcuffs with fur? done. Need an extra large size of lube, yep, her employees can get that too. And her company delivers, both in privacy and product. But when Snyper87 needs his everyday needs met, Hailey makes the executive decision to handle all his requests. Personally. After all, she has every reason to believe Snyper87 is actually Hockey hunk, Matt Erikson. And the one thing Hailey loves as much or more than her business, it is Hockey. Oh, and she has a crush on Matt Eriksson.  She’s divorced. She’s free. But mixing business with pleasure is never a good idea, right?

❝Getting Hottie hotter is my favorite thing in the world.❞

Matthew Eriksson is a hockey star, a hunk of a man, and a single dad. His ex-wife divorcing him just reinforced his belief that his work schedule is unconducive to having a long-term relationship.

He loves his two little girls, he spends every moment with them that he can. So having Fetch at his beckoned call is a blessing. Whether it is to walk his dog, shop for furniture or grocery shop, Fetch is like the partner he doesn’t have time for. But he wasn’t ready for HTE aka Hottie. It was great imagining from afar, it was safe watching. She is alluring and sexy and loves hockey. But will she be able to accept him and his life?

❝Hailey lets me believe I’m not a lost cause, that my messy life is worth sharing, at least when I can manage it.❞

There was so much I loved about this story; the character’s vulnerability and insecurity, the text messages, the devoted dad and smart business woman.

But I adored Hailey’s crazy friend, Jenny Dawes! From the “laterblather” and “slutttyflutters” to the “gibberfibber” and “bumbleberry”, Jenny Dawes was an adorably hilarious and supportive, secondary character. I really hope she gets her own book!

This romantic comedy would be absolutely PERFECT made into a movie. I would love to see it on the silver screen!


About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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